Locals let us know the best places to go people-watching in Madison

Calling all nosy folks. We asked locals where they go for prime people-watching in Madison, is your favorite spot on the list?

A crowd of people walking on State Street during a local market.

The Madison Night Market is prime for people-watching. | Photo by 608today

We recently rounded up some places and activities around Madison that are good for people who prefer to spend time alone, because nothing beats scoring a prime seat at a busy bar to people-watch the night away.

We asked our readers and Instagram followers to fill us in on their favorite people-watching spots around town:

  • “Plain Spoke! [The] bar above Young Blood.” Snagging a window seat at this bar on a Friday night offers an entertaining birds-eye view of King Street.
  • “Concerts on the Square (fun to see what food they bring and their setup).”
  • “Garver is one of my faves for people-watching.” Pro tip: Escape to the second-floor balcony on busy nights.
  • “Any brewery will do.”
  • “Morning: Wonderstate; Evening: Heritage Tavern; Summer: Union Terrace.”
  • “Collectivo coffee shops or Lakeshore Path.” Getting your caffeine, steps, and eavesdropping in? Efficiency at its finest.”

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